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al·der·man

 (ôl′dər-mən)
n.
1. A member of the municipal legislative body in a town or city in many jurisdictions.
2. A member of the higher branch of the municipal or borough council in England and Ireland before 1974.
3.
a. A noble of high rank or authority in Anglo-Saxon England.
b. The chief officer of a shire in Anglo-Saxon England.

[Middle English, a person of high rank, from Old English ealdorman : ealdor, elder, chief (from eald, old; see al- in Indo-European roots) + man, man; see man.]

al′der·man·cy (-sē) n.
al′der·man′ic (-măn′ĭk) adj.

alderman

(ˈɔːldəmən)
n, pl -men
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in England and Wales until 1974) one of the senior members of a local council, elected by other councillors
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US, Canada, Australia, etc) a member of the governing body of a municipality
3. (Historical Terms) history a variant spelling of ealdorman
Abbreviations (for senses 1, 2): Ald or Aldm
[Old English aldormann, from ealdor chief (comparative of eald old) + mann man]
aldermanic adj
ˈaldermanry n
ˈaldermanˌship n

al•der•man

(ˈɔl dər mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. (in the U.S., Canada, and Australia) a member of a municipal legislative body, esp. of a municipal council.
2. (in England) one of the members, chosen by the elected councilors, in a borough or county council.
3. (in medieval England)
a. a chief.
b. (later) the chief magistrate of a county or group of counties.
[before 900; Old English (e)aldormann=ealdor chief, patriarch (eald old + -or n. suffix) + mann man]
al`der•man′ic (-ˈmæn ɪk) adj.
usage: See -man.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alderman - a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)alderman - a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council); "aldermen usually represent city wards"
representative - a person who represents others
Translations

alderman

[ˈɔːldəmən] N (aldermen (pl)) → concejal(a) m/f (de categoría superior)

alderman

n pl <-men> → Alderman m (Ratsherr)

alderman

[ˈɔːldəmən] n (-men (pl)) → consigliere m comunale
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bailiffs, aldermen, burgomasters; burgomasters, aldermen, bailiffs--all stiff, affectedly grave, formal, dressed out in velvet and damask, hooded with caps of black velvet, with great tufts of Cyprus gold thread; good Flemish heads, after all, severe and worthy faces, of the family which Rembrandt makes to stand out so strong and grave from the black background of his "Night Patrol "; personages all of whom bore, written on their brows, that Maximilian of Austria had done well in "trusting implicitly," as the manifest ran, "in their sense, valor, experience, loyalty, and good wisdom.
On the morrow, nothing was talked of in Paris but the ball which the aldermen of the city were to give to the king and queen, and in which their Majesties were to dance the famous La Merlaison-- the favorite ballet of the king.
The aldermen did as they had done before, and preceded by their sergeants, advanced to receive their illustrious guest.
The queen attributed this joyous feeling to the beauty of the fete, to the pleasure she had experienced in the ballet; and as it is not permissible to contradict a queen, whether she smile or weep, everybody expatiated on the gallantry of the aldermen of the city of Paris.
The aldermen declared that they had had no idea of it all, in spite of the fact that the main entrance to the work had been in the rear of the saloon of one of them.
To-morrow morning I shall invite a still larger number of aldermen, and will give a sacrificial banquet in honour of our guest; we can then discuss the question of his escort, and consider how we may at once send him back rejoicing to his own country without trouble or inconvenience to himself, no matter how distant it may be.
In a preliminary 6-3 vote last week, aldermen supported indefinitely extending an ordinance that legalizes video gambling in the city.
Honorary Aldermen wear a dark blue robe and support the Mayor on formal ceremonial occasions.
Today, I have written to the suspended aldermen of the Glenorchy City Council.
ALDERMEN could soon be presented with their missing medals after a former Lord Mayor appealed to the council to honour them.
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The tradition of appointing aldermen was scrapped in 1974 following local government re-organisation, said Lord Mayor Tim Sawdon.